Thesis

All East Asian Studies M.A. students must submit a Master's Thesis representing a substantial piece of original research.  

Requirements

The submitted thesis must meet the following requirements:

  • 10,000 words minimum, excluding references, citations, appendices, etc.
  • Submitted online to the East Asian Studies Thesis Collection within the Stanford Digital Repository by the standard university thesis deadline and by following the  CEAS SDR Deposit Instructions
    • If the faculty adviser also requires a printed, bound version to be submitted, theses should be bound using "strip binding" with a clear plastic cover and black plastic back cover (can be done at Kinko's on campus)
  • Containing the adviser's signature on the Standard Thesis Title Page

Thesis Proposal

Students must submit an approved thesis proposal and literature review by the end of the quarter prior to the quarter in which they intend to graduate.  The proposal is the statement of the research question, the rationale for the research, the theoretical and empirical background that the student is bringing to bear, and the methodology.  The 5-10 page proposal must be reviewed and approved by the student's adviser.  The Thesis Proposal and Literature Review Guidelines contain the cover page for the proposal, which must be printed out, approved, and signed by the student's adviser, and submitted to CEAS.  

Resources

Thesis Workshop

Students are required to attend one CEAS thesis workshop during their time in the M.A. program.  The biannual workshop includes topics such as: developing a manageable and successful thesis topic, working efficiently and effectively with faculty, and managing a working timeline.  It is the student's responsibility to ensure that they enroll in the workshop and attend prior to graduation. 

Campus Resources

Students may find it valuable to review past submitted thesis topics in our thesis database.  Submitted theses are also available to read in the CEAS Offices.

Recent Thesis Topics

In the World of Disorder: Trafficking, Vagabonds, and State in Late Qing Jianghuai
Hong Song | 2022 | 470
REGION: China | Matthew Sommer, History
Japan’s Evolving Stance on cross‐Strait Relations: Policy Shifts or Attitude Shifts?
Machi Saito | 2022 | 469
REGION: East Asia | Alice Lyman Miller, East Asian Studies
Engaging Ink: The Painting Practice of Zheng Chongbin
Josephine O'Neil | 2022 | 468
REGION: China | Rick Vinograd, Art and Art History
The Political Cost of Market-Oriented Reforms: Evidence from Privatization of State-owned Enterprises in China
Xingchen Lan | 2022 | 467
REGION: China | Yiqing Xu, Political Science